Earlier this week Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, alleging she ‘lived in fear’ of her husband and that he had been abusive throughout their marriage.
The 30-year-old claimed she never wanted to report her alleged abuse at the hands of Johnny Depp but says she was forced to go to police to stop smears against her.
She claims that after a blazing row earlier this month, she was left with a bruised face after the actor threw an iPhone at her head.
The Hollywood couple were married for 15 months and with Depp worth around $400 million and no premarital agreement in place, Heard could be in for a big payday.
Corrine Barraclough believes that it’s admirable Heard is seeking justice, but she should not be seeing a huge pay-out.
When Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of abusing her, there is one reason why many people have reserved their sympathy and compassion – money.
I could not feel more strongly that she does not deserve the doubters, or the foul abuse that has been thrown at her, which speaks volumes about why many victims of domestic violence don’t speak up.
All we know at this stage is that she has been brave enough to come forward against a huge star with many supporters and a fierce legal team. However, what she is not entitled to is a huge pay out.
So many people have been wronged financially in bitter breakups that this has muddied the water of popular opinion, tainted reactions and left many feeling conflicted.
Amber Heard is a young, successful actress with a world of opportunity and years of prosperity ahead of her. The pair have no children and she should not be chasing spousal support because she doesn’t need to put a roof over young children’s heads like many women when they leave an abusive relationship.
Simply because Johnny Depp has a huge bank account doesn’t increase her right to chase his dollars if she’s been wronged.
She is currently losing sympathy and support because money grabbing exes have long given women a bad name. They have left men drowning in debt and long paying the price of saying “I do”
Marriage isn’t an insurance policy. Marrying someone with money is not a career move, it doesn’t mean you’ll never have to work again and it shouldn’t be plumping up a juicy super fund.
If you marry someone with money, that deluxe and opulent lifestyle ends when the relationship breaks down. You don’t get to keep your salon appointments, luxurious overseas trips, frequently topped up walk-in wardrobe or selection of flash cars. You leave with what you arrived with.
You get a job, pay your own bills and take responsibility for your own life.
Wednesday, Amber Heard’s lawyers ]issued a statement in response to increasingly toxic media reports that have flurried since she accused Johnny of an alleged incident on May 21 at their LA penthouse, including one piece that alleges she is blackmailing him.
In that piece, comedian Doug Stanhope says she was planning to leave him and “tell lies about him if she didn’t get what she wanted.”
Amber’s legal team states, “Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny.” This alleged abuse is one stand-alone issue which needs to be left in the safe hands of the courts.
The separate issue is money. In light of the popular assumption that Amber Heard is a gold-digger, her lawyer continues, “Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money.
Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny’s relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.”
In this heartbreakingly messy breakup we have two issues; the issue of domestic violence, and the issue of a financial settlement.
There are two things at stake: justice and dollars. Money does not heal scars of abuse.
The statement continued: ‘We sent a letter to Johnny’s counsel team the next morning making it clear we wanted to keep this matter out of the media.
Yesterday it was reported she may be “entitled to $28 million AUD”.
Considering this is a 15-month marriage which involves no children, the word ‘entitled’ may be somewhat inappropriate.
If Johnny is guilty of the first, it does not mean that her financial motivation should become super charged.
Amber has to do the right thing where he allegedly has not.
To seek justice is admirable. To seek a pay-out is not.
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Corrine Barraclough is a freelance writer and former editor of NW Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @TweetCorrineB